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Me and my bf are planning a trip to Japan (specifically Tokyo) and we need help picking out places to see. We already have some places in mind to check out (like Takeshita St, Akihabara, etc.), but suggestions would be wonderful. I'm interested in lolita fashion, magical girl anime (specifically Sailor Moon), themed cafes, Sanrio and San-x, J-pop and just cute places in general. My boyfriend likes videogames, Square Enix, shonen anime (he really likes JJBA too), card games like Yu-gi-oh!, and arcade games. We're both into Nintendo, Pokemon, traditional foods and places, and we would like to try or buy yukatas.

>Good places to eat that are not tourist traps (other than themed cafes)
>Cute themed cafes
>Good places to buy collector's items and goods
>Is Tokyo Disney worth it if you've already been to WDW and DL??
>Different areas of Tokyo and what to do in each
>Good places to see related to our hobbies
>Should we check out other cities? (Kyoto, etc)

Any suggestions are good, thank you!
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>>9625733
Tokyo Disney is very similar to the others. I didn't think it was worth it. I haven't been to Disney sea but everyone says it's way better and a different experience.
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>>9625733
>Good places to eat that are not tourist traps (other than themed cafes)
Pretty much anywhere local honestly! I dont really remember encountering any real "tourist traps", sure it was a little more expensive but nothing outrageous.
>Cute themed cafes
Pompompurin cafe in harajuku, there's also another themed cafe near la foret which changes (towers records cafe?) when i went it was rilakkuma. I think Q-pot cafe is currently doing a Sailor Moon collab, but I'm not sure for how long.
>Good places to buy collector's items and goods
If you're into magical girl, definitely go to Nakano broadway, otherwise
>Is Tokyo Disney worth it if you've already been to WDW and DL??
Not sure, it was my first time visitng any Disneyland so i thought everything was amazing but I've heard Disney Sea is different from any other Disney parks.
>Different areas of Tokyo and what to do in each
Check out the cup noodle museum in Yokohama! Its pretty underrated imo, also the area is just really lovely there.
>Good places to see related to our hobbies
Sanrio puroland is an absolute must, Pokemon centre in Ikebukuro (and many other anime shops there), AKB48 cafe in Akiba, Kiddyland for sanrio/san-x stuff, Square Enix cafe.
>Should we check out other cities? (Kyoto, etc)
If you're willing to do the travel then definitely, Osaka and Kyoto were some of the highlights of my recent trip. The shinkansen ride is pretty nice, and I'd advise you get a 1 week JR pass if you do decide to go as it pays itself off with just 2 trips (Tokyo to Kyoto, and return), plus you can use it for regular JR lines during that time.
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>>9626176
>1 week JR pass if you do decide to go as it pays itself off with just 2 trips (Tokyo to Kyoto, and return), plus you can use it for regular JR lines during that time.


I've heard good and bad about the JR pass. It's abour $270 right?

Friends who have been tell me to do the overnight bus instead. The buses are clean and cost only $40-80
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>>9625733
I would not recommend the Square Enix cafe. It was very small (even by Japan standards) and more than half the decor/merch/themed food was Monster Quest, which I didn't care about at all as a Final Fantasy/KH fan.
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>>9626427
getting the JR pass is good if you're going to be going outside of Tokyo on the shinkansen. When I went, we went to Osaka, Takarazuka, and Kyoto, and the JR pass was invaluable. Being able to use it on the majority of the subway lines was also incredibly helpful. If you're not planning on travelling outside of Tokyo, it might not be worth it, however.
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>>9626444
agreed, It was very small and the food was really sad (went during the Nier + FFXIV collabs). The actual FFXIV cafe in Pasela ?? Resorts in Akiba is so much better. They have a nice MC and they do a lottery at the beginning too!
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I'm following this since I'm thinking about going with my bf to Tokyo Japan too but in 2019 (2018 is our convention year, where we go and experience different conventions)

I'd also like to say that you should try and onsen at least once while there and check out the manga cafe
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>>9626452

How long were you there? I'm only going for a week and I don't think I can pack in Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo in a week and see all the things.

I think it's best I stick to Osaka/Kyoto:
Hot springs, Fushimi Inari, Animate, the Sailor Moon cafe, Toraya Fabric store, Museum of Housing and living, SeraMyu, and the shopping district.

If I was staying longer or a couple weeks I'd try for Tokyo. But I think I'll come back in a couple years after the Olympics and try for Tokyo then.
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>>9627649
You really only need 1 or 2 days in Kyoto to see Fushimi Inari and explore the small town. Hot springs will be found around Hakone.. not really so much in Kyoto/Osaka.
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>>9627656

I only plan to visit Kyoto for 1 day for Fushimi, a bike tour, and maybe a dress up session in kimono.

The other 4 days (I don't count 2 of them cause 1 day spent flying in and one day spent flying out) will be spent at the Sailor Moon musical, shopping, visiting a couple museums, and maybe hitting up Takarazuka.

Osaka has hot springs, natural ones too. Kamigata Onsen is the one I'm thinking about.

Is that not enough?
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>>9625733
>Is Tokyo Disney worth it if you've already been to WDW and DL??
If you've already visited a Disney park before, you should prioritize visiting Tokyo Disneysea. It's a unique park with wonderful theming. Don't bother visiting during national holidays, weekends or other times the crowd calendar indicates as busy days because the lines will be insane.

Tokyo Disneyland is worth it if you don't mind that the park is very similar to its counterparts. Skip it if you're looking for more unique experiences. Or buy an evening pass so you can do something else during the day.
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>>9625733
If you want anime merch try to stop at one of Mandarake's stores. They have a few around the Tokyo area and are fucking awesome.
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I'm hopefully going to Japan in December, and want to visit a hotspring or bathhouse. My only issue is that I have tattoos. I've heard they won't let you in if you have any, is this true? Can I just try to cover them and get away with it?
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>>9627848
It differs from place to place but yes, most onsen and bathhouses will generally refuse you if you have tattoos. From what I heard, some will allow you to cover it with a band aid but that only works if you have a small tattoo.

There are onsen/bathhouses out there that allow people with tattoos so a quick google search should help you find some options. If necessary, you can always rent a private bath. That last one might get pricey though.
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>>9626444
Did you go to Artnia? That cafe had a ton of FF merch.

The Eorzia cafe in Pasela that >>9626471 mentioned was really great too.
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>>9627848
There's a product specifically made for covering tattoos to go to bath houses in Japan. You can order it online and it comes it pretty decent size sheets. Won't cover like a whole back tattoo but if you have small to medium sized ones it will work.
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>>9627848
It's true just get some large bandaids and put them on right before you go so they are clean.
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>>9627872
>>9627895
>>9627899
Thanks! I wasn't sure if they would not let me in if I had a bandage as well. It's fairly small so hopefully I'll be good!
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>>9627668
>Gokaiger
Bless you.
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Literally in Japan right now. Got here on the 6th and will be here til the 18th. Akihabara has been great. The arcades are amazing (been doing a lot of Initial D racing game) and we went to the Maidreamin cafe which was a lot of fun. Mostly staying in Tokyo, with a few side trips. We did an overnight trip and had a day in Osaka and one in Kyoto. A little rushed, but did everything we wanted. I did a Kimono rental in Kyoto that was great. Went to both Closet Child stores (2nd hand lolita). It was awesome seeing all the brand they had and I picked up an IW OP that I'm really happy with.
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>>9625733
We need some more info before we can offer any sound advice desu. Things like when you plan on traveling, length of stay, budget, etc are important.
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>>9630145

That sounds like you're having a good time. I'm hitting up Osaka for the Sailor Moon musical in 2 weeks so I am glad your stay in Osaka and Kyoto went well.
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>>9630145
There's a lot more than 2 Closet Child stores
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>>9630145
Are you fluent in Japanese? I was wondering how much would be useful to know before trying to go into clothing stores or art galleries. It seems like some areas have bilingual employees but areas further from the big cities don't.
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>>9627649
This is >>9626452 We were there 9 days. Takarazuka and Kyoto were pretty much day trips.

I can tell you more about Takarazuka if you want; when I went, I saw The Scarlet Pimpernel, and did a walk-in session at their photo studio. (Unfortunately all the times were booked to get my makeup done, so I didn't get a chance to do that.)
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>>9631115
where are the other ones?
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>>9631134
>I can tell you more about Takarazuka if you want


Please do. I was told to go visit the town for the tea shops and general cuteness. What else is there to do there?


I also just found out the Utena animate cafe is STILL running in Ikebukuro so now I am wavering on visiting Tokyo after all.
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>>9631224
NAYRT but there are 5:
Harajuku
Shinjuku
Ikebukuro
Yokohama
Osaka
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>>9627848
My friend who lived in Kyoto had a large tattoo on her arm, and was allowed into most onsen there no problem. They feel differently about foreigners with tattoos, so it's likely that you will be let in.
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>>9631119
You don't really need to know Japanese when buying. The amount will be on the till and you don't need to say anything to the shop assistants. The only problem will be if you want to ask for things. Assume that the shop employees can't speak english. I live in Kyoto and 90% of the time, they can't speak a word.
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>>9631119
>I was wondering how much would be useful to know before trying to go into clothing stores or art galleries

You only need a handful of phrases - I'd say that the absolutely necessary ones are "how much does it cost?" and "can I try it on?". Maybe "do you have (thing)?" if you know some basic words they may answer (yes, no, there, here, etc.)
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Has anyone been to Universal Studios Japan? Is it worth seeing if you've been to the one in Florida?
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What's everyone's favorite drugstore to shop at in Tokyo for general things like skincare and cheap cute makeup?
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>>9631639
Don Quijote tends to have the cheapest prices and carries all drugstore brands.I like Matsumoto Kiyoshi as well.
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If anyone is into crafting and sewing, I recommend Okadaya in Shinjuku. The ground floor has a large selection of fabrics and the other 4 floors (which are in the adjacent building) have ribbons, lace, resin materials, yarn, books, sewing notions anything you can think of really. They also do tax return for total purchases over 5,000 yen.
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>>9625733
Its not a themed cafe but I really enjoyed Pablo premium cafe in Harajuku (the website says Omotesando but its closer to Harajuku JR station). The 1st floor sells their regular items like their famous cheesecakes and other desserts. Their 2nd floor is their premium cafe that serves everything from the first floor and additional items which can all be found on their website. It was a nice place to sit down and relax with some cheesecake after shopping in Harajuku
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>>9631515
I've never been to the one in Florida, but a lot of things are the same (only smaller). They have some unique things (I think the minions area is exclusive? And definitely whatever "Cool Japan" exhibit is current).
I like it, but I also live nearby. If you check out the website, all the rides and areas should be listed. Next Cool Japan has Sailor Moon and Final Fantasy, if you're into that.
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Any heads up on Halloween events? Brining my friend who's never been and she wants to cosplay at some Tokyo street event.
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>>9631119
The only Japanese I've used is to say thank you and excuse me. These's a lot of English speakers here, but pointing and smiling work fine. I haven't had 1 problem with the language barrier.
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>>9631996
Saturday night before Halloween tons of people go out to Shibuya and dress up. Lots of group costumes like everyone dressed like Waldo or Power Rangers or slutty xyz. I was suprised how many dressed up. Shibuya crossing down to all the clubs was packed. Fun stuff, doing again this year. Also there's an Ikebukuro cosplay festival that weekend, you pay to cosplay in their events like a cosplay walk. Look it up.
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>>9631322
There are two things that make Takarazuka a good place to visit. The first is that it's Osamu Tezuka's hometown, and it houses the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum.

There is also, of course, the grand stage of the Takarazuka Revue. The Takarazuka Revue is a theatre group (technically made up of a number of different rotating troupes) known for its melodramatic, romantic style, over-the-top costuming, and all-female cast. It requires a bit of extra internet legwork, but if you can get tickets to see a Zuka show, I can't recommend it highly enough. Within the Takarazuka Grand Theatre, there are a couple different cafes and gift shops, as well as a museum dedicated to the Revue's 100+ year history. If you're into theatre, costuming (I mean you're on /cgl/....), or beautiful boys that are actually beautiful girls, it's absolutely worth your time. Pic related.

When I went, I went to a super cute sandwich shop. I'll have to look back and see what the name of it was; it was very popular, and I think it might be right up your alley.
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Recs for Tokyo salons willing to do jfash nail designs? Price point doesn't matter

Also recs for good Tokyo spas that have unique facials(something memorable)? Again price doesn't matter for me as long as it's not stupidly high.

I'm going next July and want to do a spa day there. I know there's a lush spa but that seems sort of basic?
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>>9632398
>Unique facials, something memorable
Lol Anon, I do know of one type of facial Japan is known for
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>>9632487
So does anyone who's not 12 have a suggestion?
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>>9632398
beauty.hotpepper.jp and look under "art" in the nail section. if you bring a picture most places will try to accommodate. be prepared to pay $100 or more

most facials are pretty basic, stuff like laser toning is more popular
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I am looking at going to Japan in the first half of next year. I'm somewhat of a closet weeb, but I'm actually more interested in:
>men's fashion
I'm aware this will be difficult for a gymrat
>food
huge for me as a restaurant owner
>hot springs/resort

I prefer cold weather to hot/humid. Not a huge merch hound. What are some must-sees? I assume my target destination is probably Hokkaido.
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>>9632770
I'm a foodie as well so I can probably help. Can you provide some more general info, such as length of stay, budget, type of cuisine, type of fashion, etc? It'll help us filter our responses to fit your needs.
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the milky way cafe in ikebukuro was probably my favorite cafe that i visited when i was in japan. their menu is themed after constellations; my aquarius sundae had cake, cookies, chocolate, and liquid nitrogen spilling out... it was amazing.

pic related. it's probably huge so i apologize in advance.
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>>9632774
Only just started planning, so not a lot is set in stone. I'm looking at about 13-15 days stay. Some time in Tokyo is a given.

I live in California, I eat damn near anything - seafood and fish are definitely my first choice. While I've eaten at La Bernadin, Saison and the French Laundry, I have zero problems ducking into a cozy hole-in-the-wall for a meal. In fact, I'm not much for ceremony so some of the michelin-starred restaurants I've been to have kinda given me the creeps.

I'm only now starting the budget process but I'm estimating the amount I'm able to devote to food to about $1000, averaging out to $60-70/day. Tsukiji Fish Market will be a must. One dinner involving Kobe beef. Really just a social drinker (preferably beer) but I love yakitori - I have my own robata grill with bintochan charcoal. I would like to try a traditional breakfast at a hotsprings place.

Fashion-wise, what I really want that seems hard to find where I live is stylish light outerwear, like a thinner double-breasted jackets. I like military-ish stuff like bomber jackets or collared shirts with epaulets. Not big on big logos though I low-key like garish designs and 'dumb' shirts. I'm not as huge as I used to be, (5'11", 193 lbs @ 10% bodyfat) but I'm still abnormal by Japanese standards.

Maybe one or two nice fitted pairs of jeans. Problem is huge squatter thighs already require me to tailor virtually all non-elastic pants. Budget for clothing is not set.

Sightseeing-wise, I'm not big on pictures or architectures, but I do like a hike and taking in the scenery.
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>>9632784
Sorry, typo'd. Not 193lbs, 182. Which probably doesn't change that much.
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>>9632784
Based on your description, you're probably gonna wanna do 7 days in Tokyo and than 7 days traveling elsewhere with a JR Railpass. Most people will travel to Kobe, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto with the Railpass. You could technically check out Hokkaido instead, but it might be easier and cheaper to book a local flight there instead.

In regards to food and cooking, I would recommend you check out the basement level food halls in the large department stores located in Ginza, and Kappabashi in Tokyo, Sennichimae Doguyasuji, Kuromon Market, and the Central Wholesale Market in Osaka and Nishiki Market in Kyoto.

For a basic breakdown of what to expect in terms of daily costs, I would use the following formula and multiply by the number of days you plan on visiting and adding the following additional costs to get your total:
$10/day - Local Transit
$40/day - Accommodations
$40/day - Food

Suica Card - $10-20
Prepaid Data Only Sim Card - $30-40
JR Rail Pass - $350
Miscellaneous - $200-300 (this covers stuff like museums, shrines, entertainment, utilities, laundry, etc)
Shopping - $500

If you know you have a major expense, I would keep it as a separate item instead of part of your daily costs or miscellaneous. Something like a set of kitchen knives, or checking out Universal Studios, etc.

In regards to clothing, I can't really help you desu. I wear a medium to large in North America and struggled to find adequate clothing while in Japan which turns into XL to XXL.
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>>9632801
I was beginning to realize Hokkaido & Tokyo on my first visit might be a stretch. I am a relaxing vacation kind of guy, not a full itinerary one so the idea of a mountainous hotspring and some casual sightseeing appeals to me... but maybe on a subsequent trip perhaps.

Your information is plenty helpful. I wear more or less USA Large, but do have a good tailor back here, so I can buy large and have it adjusted. At the end of the day that's a lesser priority.

Funny you should mention knives even though I didn't mention them earlier. I have enough knives to last me a while, including four or five japanese knives, but if I wander into a knife shop I'm liable to walk out with a wa-gyuto and a whetstone.
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>>9632784
Anon, you should go to Nihonbashi Iseju with a few people. The best sukiyaki I've ever had! Try Seryna for Shabu-Shabu, and if you book Roppongi make sure you're on a higher floor, because the view is amazing! Nakanishi Izakaya in Aoyama is really cheap, but pretty good. Their umeboshi sours are awesome and decent late night udon, perfect after a night out.
Regarding hot springs, you should look at places in Hakone, especially the Ryokan Collection, their hot springs are so beautiful and the food is incredible too!

I'll add more if i think of any unique places!
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>>9632824
It's still possible with a local flight. Roundtrip ticket from Tokyo to Sapporo is about $110. So for a 14 day trip to Japan, you could do 10days Tokyo and a couple of the neighbouring areas like Hakone and Nikko, and do 3-4days up North in Hokkaido.

Regarding food, no matter what you pick it's almost certain that the food will be good. The Japanese have a weird obsession with food, coupled with OCD they make extraordinarily delicious food. I know this may sound like a gag post, but go and try McDonalds while in Japan. It'll give you a point of reference to see how different things are in comparison to North America.
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>>9632988
When you mentioned using the JP Railpass to go to Kobe/Osaka/Nara/Kyoto, do you mean going to all those places in the span of 7 days? If I can actually do that, I would probably save Hokkaido for a second trip.

But if you mean I can only get to one or two of those places in that timeframe, then Hokkaido looks like a more viable option considering it has significant personal appeal. $110 is quite cheap for a round trip flight, so I am tempted.

For my food purposes, the most important meals for me will be 1a/1b) nice sushi, nice tempura and 2) kaiseki. I find myself eating less and less red meat over time, and more fish. So a meal with Kobe beef is probably second priority to those three. I can probably even skip it without too much regret.

I am considering budgeting more for at least one three-michelin experience. My initial research had me leaning towards Ishikawa but my cousin just returned from Japan and raved about Ryugin. Those two would be the top contenders if I go that route.

>tempura
7-chome kyoboshi caught my eye but that price tag... christ. Rakutei, Kondo and Hatakana, Daikokuya and Tsunahachi have all been mentioned to me. I love kakiage.

>sushi
Way too many to choose from, apparently. Ones noted to me were Sushi Aoki, Kanesaka, Sushi Zanmai. Willing to spend here.

>other
MUST HAVE ONE UNAGI MEAL. Also not much of a sweet tooth, so won't do much bakery or dessert shops. The rest of my meals I plan to go to normal places. And I do eat damn near anything - udon, ramen, yakitori, yakiniku, katsu, karaage. I'll try anything once, except maybe the raw chicken I've heard about... and yeah, one trip to McDonalds is definitely in the plans.

>>9632827
Sounds good. Definitely made a note to look into Hakone hot springs.
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>>9631695
I was actually gonna ask about crafts materials. Thanks anon!
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>>9633073
>When you mentioned using the JP Railpass to go to Kobe/Osaka/Nara/Kyoto, do you mean going to all those places in the span of 7 days?
You definitely could, but it would be a bit hectic desu. Personally I would pick 3 out of the four, with my 3 being Osaka, Nara and Kyoto. I would allocate 2 days for Osaka and Kyoto, and 1 day for Nara.

Keep in mind, when you activate the JR Railpass, it expires in 7 days from the day you activate it. So let's say you activate it on Friday September 1st, it'll expire on Thursday September 7th. You're gonna need to factor in the 2 days you need to travel from Tokyo and back to Tokyo. So it's about 3-4hrs of traveling from Tokyo to either Osaka or Kyoto and another 1hr or so to get to your accommodations and settle in.

It's possible to book your flight, so that you fly in to Tokyo and fly back home from Osaka, so that you don't lose a day commuting from city to city and make better use of your JR Pass. But you're gonna have to figure out if this is worthwhile to you, as flights from Osaka are less frequent and tend to be more expensive than flights from Tokyo.

In regards to high end sushi, most of the more famous high end sushi require special reservations to get into and are very difficult to acquire for foreigners. They generally range between $200-350 USD per meal. Mid tier would be in the $50-150 range. Low end would be in the $30 and below. I can make some suggestions to you based on which level of sushi you wanna try and budget.
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>>9633121
Yeah I've been hearing that a lot of the top places are basically unobtainable for foreigners without a concierge assist.

For the sushi meal, I would probably cap out in the low $200 range, and tempura in the low $100 range. Kaiseki a bit below that ideally. And I could definitely go for one or two sushi meals in the mid-$50 range.

If I do end up trying one of the 3 michelin star restaurants, I would budget separately as a 'luxury expense'.
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>>9633133
Based on your price bracket, I would go with the main branch of Kyubey located in Ginza. I've dined at Suykiyabashi Jiro in Roppongi (Jiro's second son restaurant) for lunch and the sushi is comparable. But Kyubey is slightly cheaper and much better value imho.
https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g1066444-d803208-Reviews-Kyubey_Main_Restaurant-Chuo_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

For traditional Kaiseki, they normally range around the $100 mark. Sometimes more based on the ingredients. For example, I've paid $200 for dinner once during the fall because Matsutake Mushrooms were in season and part of the meal. To save yourself and the restaurant a bit of trouble and misunderstanding, if you go into a Kaiseki restaurant that doesn't list any prices for their omakase menu. Show them your phone with 10,000 Yen on it, and ask "ii desu ka?" (translation: is that ok?). That way both you and the restaurant know what you're getting into.

For Unagi, try this restaurant. This was recommended to me by one of the hotel staff, and is famous/popular with the locals. It's a restaurant dedicated to unagi, and located near uguisudani station on the Yamanote Line.
http://www.at-ml.jp/?in=67764/
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>>9632784
>bintochan
If you want to show off your grill otaku levels at least get the name right. Binchotan.
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>>9632801
>>9633121
>>9633523
Random passerby going to Japan next month - is the $250 rail pass really worth it when I can do an overnight bus for $25?

>I can make some suggestions to you based on which level of sushi you wanna try and budget.
got any recommendations for the $30 > tier?
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>>9633694
Are you making multiple shinkansen trips? The buses are really cramped and it's difficult to sleep, plus usually you can't check into your lodgings to freshen up until afternoon.

Cheap sushi go to some 100¥ kaiten place like Sushiro, Kappa, Kura, etc
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How early in advance do you need to book for Swallowtail?

Also, any ryokan recommendation for Osaka? I'll be staying for 2-3 nights there and would like to spend about $200 per night tops.
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>>9631695
>Okadaya in Shinjuku
>>9633101
>crafts materials

I hear Nippori is an excellent place to visit for crafters. They have oodles of stores all in one section.
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>>9633694
> Random passerby going to Japan next month - is the $250 rail pass really worth it when I can do an overnight bus for $25?

You're gonna have to be more honest and provide more info before I can make a valid response desu. Such as what's your budget, length of stay, general interests, etc? For example, if you only plan on visiting Japan for a week or two and won't have an opportunity to return in the near future, than the additional costs may be worthwhile to you as to make the most of your trip. On the other hand, if you're a literally broke and your priority to save as much as possible, than you should go with the overnight bus.

For your price bracket, I would go with either Sushi Dai or Sushi Da Wai located in Tsukiji fish market. With my preference being Sushi Dai. Sushi Dai and Daiwa both offer a omakase (chef's choice) option for around $40, that I would recommend you splurge on. A couple of things to keep in mind, if you go to either restaurant, you're gonna have to get there early and there's gonna be a long wait. When I went to Sushi Dai, I got there around 3:30am (restaurant opens at 5am), and there was already a line. I waited 2.5hrs before being seated. At Sushi Daiwa, I got there a bit before 5am, and only had to wait about an hr or so before being seated.
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/01/21/a-visit-to-sushi-dai-japans-best-sushi-restaurant-according-to-world-travelers/
https://rubbisheatrubbishgrow.com/2016/11/13/sushi-dai-vs-sushi-daiwa/
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>>9633836
>How early in advance do you need to book for Swallowtail?


The site has English instructions.
2 weeks is the earliest you can reserve. But you can show up the day of and hope for a cancellation.

http://www.butlers-cafe.jp/swallowtail/company/reserve_en.html
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>>9634245
>But you can show up the day of and hope for a cancellation.
imo, this is a terrible plan and requires knowing japanese vs just using the site and requesting a butler that knows some english.
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>>9633523
ah yes, i've heard positive mention of kyubey. as much as i'd like to go to one of the top sushi joints on tabelog (sushi saito, sukiyabashi jiro, kiyota, etc), given the trouble of acquiring a seat and the price increase I can't help but wonder if it's worth going to a couple nice but cheaper places like kikuzushi in the 10-15k yen range instead. kyubey is still 20k for dinner according to tabelog, apaprently

for the kaiseki, i've heard mutsukari and hirosaku offer good value?

the unagi restaurant recommendation is very helpful!

>>9633689
goof'd by me. good catch.
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>>9634375
I would argue that Kyubey is the gold standard/benchmark when it comes to high end sushi and worthwhile to check out. Many of the top sushi chef's did their apprenticeships at Kyubey desu. But if you feel that dining out at a couple of cheaper mid-tier sushi restaurants is better value, it's obviously your choice.

Hmm I'm personally not familiar with the two Kaiseki restaurants you mentioned, so I can't comment on their value. I did a quick google and they certainly look good!
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I don't understand how there are atill people falling for the "visit japan" meme in this day and age.
It's an enormous letdown in every imaginable way. Save your money and don't ruin the hobby for yourself by facing the reality.
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>>9634424
this may come as a surprise to you but there are people interested in visiting Japan for reasons besides cosplay/anime/fashion
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>>9634424
Or maybe there are people who aren't idiots that glorify Japan as an anime/kawaiuguu~~~ heaven and realize that it's an actual place just like everywhere else in the world that would actually enjoy going?

FFS, don't try and scare people off just because you were stupid enough to glorify it to an unrealistic level.
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>>9634424
I rarely ever hear about people being disappointed in Japan though? Even the 'weebs will be disappointed that Japan isn't a magical anime paradise' meme is overblown, anyone who likes anime and manga is gonna find plenty of related stuff to enjoy there.

Personally I've been 8 times and have never not enjoyed a trip. Maybe certain places, but even that's rare. You're in the minority, sorry.
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>>9634436
>Or maybe there are people who aren't idiots that glorify Japan as an anime/kawaiuguu~~~ heaven and realize that it's an actual place just like everywhere else in the world that would actually enjoy going?
Read the OP again and answer yourself honestly if you really think she is one of those people.
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>>9634117
>Such as what's your budget, length of stay, general interests, etc?
Staying for ~3.5 weeks (1 week of Tokyo, 1 in Osaka, 1 in Kyoto). Aiming to bring about 2000 USD. But I want to spend as little as possible on stuff that ISN'T clothes (big into lolita/jfashion etc.) which is why I'm being a scrooge with everything else.

>Sushi Dai or Sushi Da Wai located in Tsukiji fish market
Thanks! Gonna bookmark this.
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>>9633715
Oh, didn't see this reply. If the pass expires in a week, then it's basically useless to me, anyway. I take greyhound/megabus almost every weekend so it's not like I'm not used to cramped buses that are hard to sleep on.
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>>9634424
Please do tell where you went and why it was so horrible.
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>>9625733

I think the other cities thing entirely depends on how long your trip is. If youre only going for 2 weeks, don't bother, otherwise you lose too many days just sitting on the train traveling which isn't really worth it.

I went on a really good tour through Viator, they did Mt. Fuji, an Onsen and Outlet Shopping (muh wallet) which was well worth what we paid and if youre traveling all the way there, Mt Fuji is definitely something you should try and see!

I also REALLY recommend going to Itamae Sushi Edo in Akasaka, they dress you in Yukata free of charge and the whole restaurant is themed! If you like cute stuff, Sanrio Puroland is ADORABLE. And all the restaurants in there are themed!

If youre going to Akihabara, keep in mind all of the themed cafes are SUPER expensive and the food is shit, I think we paid about $40 to sit in a maid cafe and have one icecream. There was a 1000Y charge per hour you were there, EACH, and on top of that you HAD to order 2 items from the menu.. It IS an experience, but in my opinion - totally not worth it.. We accidentally walked into Akihabaras largest sex shop.. 7 floors of weird, kinky Japanese sex toys.. I would actually recommend going there.. its like a museum hahaha
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>>9634253
>>9634253
>imo, this is a terrible plan


Oh I agree. I was just repeating what was on their English site.

That checking for a cancellation is something I'd only consider if I lived in the area and just happened to be walking by.
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>>9634478
>Staying for ~3.5 weeks (1 week of Tokyo, 1 in Osaka, 1 in Kyoto).
Is there a specific reason why you wanna stay in Osaka and Kyoto a week a piece? You can cover most if not all the major attractions in both cities in about 3days or so. I would seriously consider changing your itinerary and grab a 7day JR Pass and cover both cities in a span of a week.

>Aiming to bring about 2000 USD. But I want to spend as little as possible on stuff that ISN'T clothes (big into lolita/jfashion etc.) which is why I'm being a scrooge with everything else.
Is your accommodations already covered/included in that budget? Not to be a negative Nancy, but I'm not sure that budget is feasible? Even if you cut back on your food expense to let's say $20/day, just eating cheap convenience store food, take out sushi, ramen, and fast food, etc. In terms of daily living expenses, you're still looking at:
$10/day - local transit
$20/day - food
$40/day - accommodations

So $70/day x 24 days = $1680 and $2000 - 1680 = $320

$320 leaves very little room for shopping, since you still haven't covered any of your miscellaneous expenses like visiting shrines, temples, cafes, and basic utilities like laundry or wifi.
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>>9634412
Well the price difference between kyubey and a "medium" restaurant is only 5k yen, which is not a crazy jump. Considering Jiro and Saito are, IIRC, 30k yen that's a sizable step up from a 20k yen restaurant for just one meal. I was wondering if you thought there was a worthwhile difference between a 20k yen place (like kyubey) or a 30k yen place.

I've eaten at most of the top sushi restaurants in northern california, and some in southern california and vegas and found not a huge notable difference between the most expensive and the middle-ground ones, certainly not worth the doubled prices here (my favorite is a small shop in Alameda that costs $85). but in tokyo, i'm willing to believe that those guidelines might not apply.

>>9634424
People overpay for all sorts of shit. Just two months ago I went to SDCC, and I think I'm done with that con. For the time, effort, and money invested you get to do very little except try to be the geek/nerd equivalent of kids posting "first" on youtube videos.

I want to eat, get some clothes, maybe a bit of mecha merchandise, and try a maid cafe (it will probably creep me out).
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>>9635482
>I've eaten at most of the top sushi restaurants in northern california
>(my favorite is a small shop in Alameda that costs $85)
Names please, I'm yet to find a sushi place in norcal that's not trash.
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Arriving to Tokyo on Dec 30. Boyfriend wants to climb Mt Fuji but it doesn't seem sensible (or even doable) to me.

Opinions?
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>>9635665
Are you fit?
Do you hike regularly?
Do you know how to prepare for a mountain hike?
Do you have mountain hiking equipment, starting with boots?
Do you know the difficulty and weather conditions when hiking Mt Fuji?

If yes then great, enjoy your hike. Otherwise, don't be a dumb gaijin that will need to be airlifted down.
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>>9635669

I only know about the last point, and he doesn't even know that so thanks anon. Hope this will put the idea away for him.
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>>9635665
From the Fuji website, first Google result for "climb Mt Fuji"
>The climbing season for Mt. Fuji is from early July to early September. In other periods and during the snow season, climbing Mt. Fuji is prohibited.
>Climbing Mt. Fuji is only permitted during the period in which trails are open in the summer.
>In any period other than the climbing season, trails and huts are closed, and it is very dangerous to climb the mountain during the period.




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